Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb #AditisPen

As a museum goer and art lover, I enjoy the self exploration that an exhibition stimulates. It's a rewarding experience, visiting a museum. But it's not very often that it has a lasting impact.

The Museum of Broken Relationships was one such intriguing experience, where the inspiration has stayed with me till date.


It was on a hot summer day that we visited Zagreb. Idling through the sleepy streets, we were looking for a cafe to satisfy our hunger pangs, when we found ourselves standing before this beautiful baroque Kulmer palace in the historical upper town of the city. The name caught my attention, and in we went. Not realizing that the next two hours would be an emotional glimpse into the life of broken hearts from across the world.

After they mutually decided to separate, Croatian artists Olinka Vistina and Drazen Grubisic were reluctant to part with the sentimental mementos of their past love. This inspired them to open the Museum of Broken Relationships, so that the items could remain together. The idea took off and soon people from all over began to donate their reminders of heartbreak.

From a key bottle opener, to rubber shoes, a wisp of hair, a stupid frisbee, a French ID, a child's pedal car, a postcard - each item is accompanied by personal stories evoking a whole lot of memories - love, nostalgia, bitterness, lust - nothing escapes this exhibition.

Breaking up connects people. The Museum found this to be true, with over 1,000 people a week visiting the collection in its permanent home in Croatia. This intense success had them opening a second Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles in 2016.

The stories stayed with me for long and inspired this guest post - In this piece I've explored travel inspired storytelling. This is a work of fiction inspired by my travel to Zagreb, Croatia in May 2017.


It was a bright sunny day in May, and I was walking around Zagreb, Croatia. Nothing seemed strange, except you were on my mind. We had spoken the night before and both, though struggling through their own mental breakdowns, were quick to comfort and advice each other.

Read the entire post on Shalzmojo - Not Broken, But Forever Grateful | A Summer Day in Zagreb

Would love your feedback: Do let me know what you think of this narrative style? I'd love it if you tell me in the comments!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mindfulness, Meditation and Migraine #AditisPen

Strange title, you might think. But for someone who is writing this at 1 am and suffers from migraine attacks, who has adopted mindfulness in her daily life, and whose definition of meditation is 'to reach out, to reach within', these three Ms hold a lot of meaning.

Now, where do I start? I have always been a night owl. I remember as kids, my sister would flat out as soon as she hit the bed and I would stay up tossing and turning till an ungodly hour. Call me selfish, but sometimes I would really get desperate and wake her up. She would then stroke my hair or massage my head until one of us, usually her again, would drift off. At other times, a worried parent would come into our room and try to put me to sleep. Even as a teenager and well into my adult years, Mom would sit by the bed and narrate stories, this could be family gossip too; and Dad would help me meditate. His soothing voice would guide me to 'breathe in, and breathe out', 'to relax the toes, the tips of your fingers', and so on.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dazzling Winter Nights - Lumiere London 2018

What an incredible evening! My heart is singing after experiencing some jaw dropping light installations last night.

Lumiere London is the UK's largest light festival and they are showcasing more than 50 UK and international artists in London. It opened yesterday and I was able to visit eight art works on my first night out. Each unique in its creativity; spaces, streets and iconic buildings envisaged in a different light.

The festival is on from 17:30 - 22:30 each evening, 18th - 21st January. And if you are in London, leave the warmth of your houses and go exploring. Trust me, all your January blues will be forgotten!

And the best thing, it's free. Curated by Artichoke, an arts charity and the UK's leading producer of art in the public realm, the festival has returned for the second time in the city after its first dazzling showcase in 2016.

Enough said, take a look at few of the captures from day one of chasing the lights.

This way, please.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Forgotten Fort in Nurpur | Guestpost

Driving back to Jammu from Dharamshala, we sighted the ruins of a fort on a hillock and stopped to enquire about it.  A passer-by informed us that this was the Nurpur fort and though is in ruins, it’s got a temple and a school functioning inside it.

Intrigued, we decided to take a detour and headed for a viewing of this fort. Nurpur fort lies just 25 kms before Pathankot and was about 65 kms from Dharmshala.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hit the Ground Running | Planning for the Year Ahead #AditisPen

So, for the last two days I have been sitting, a pen and my 2018 Stigu planner in hand, working on my Intent Calendar for the fist six months of the new year (planning the entire year seemed a bit daunting).

I am the least organized person you'll ever meet, to add to that, one of the biggest procrastinators. So I can't really say what got into me when I set to plan for next year. I really took it seriously and went all guns blazing on this one. I think the last two months of consciously creating balance between my multiple passions and moving closer to my truth has had a drastic impact on me.

I am more productive, and less anxious. I am creating more, and doubting less.

2017 was a year where I focused more on my role as an entrepreneur. And while that has been such a great experience in all its high and lows, I let my writing suffer as a result of my guilt. All that time I wasted, all those anxious tears I let out, I could have been writing! Sigh!

Well, there's always some insight in your hindsight.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Walk in the Woods | Guespost

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike. -- Paulo Coelho

Not too long ago, I took a walk in the woods. I felt like I needed to take a break from everything… the telephone, the computer, the sounds of the neighborhood… So, I grabbed my camera and left the house. It was a walk that I’ve taken many times because the nature preserve is a short walk from my house. Was there anything new that I could discover on the path? As I started on the path, I could see that the leaves were gone from the trees. I looked down and saw that I was walking on a blanket of fallen leaves.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Life Lessons through Travels | A Roundup of 2017 #AditisPen

I sit writing this on a grey December evening. The temperatures have dropped down in London and though I would have liked to hold on to the autumn colours a little longer, I can’t deny the long winter nights. They have arrived.

December is a month for reflection, to sit back and take note of how the year has gone by, learnings and achievements, and to plan ahead. We are always reinventing ourselves, most of the times we are unaware of this, but each new experience, a new memory, paves way for personal growth. We mould, we change and, yet we stay the same.

We are all a collection of memories after all, so what memories did I create this year? What stories do my travels tell? What do they teach?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Creating Balance

Since my last meltdown, I've been trying to find this balance. Balance between whom I wish to be and whom I need to be. Balance between my multiple passions. Balance between the highs and lows, the hopes and despairs...


Friday, October 27, 2017

Little Kook Cafe, Athens

The beginning of October saw us wandering through the streets of Athens. This is our anniversary month, of our marriage, and also the first time we ever confessed we liked each other. So October means a lavish holiday and Greece it was this year. The sea breeze, the sunny skies and a whole lot of Greek food!

Athens is the historical capital of Europe. But alongside the magnificent Acropolis, the ancient Agora and the many archaeological sites spread across the city, is also a very vibrant cultural life.There is a crackling energy in the air, and each neighborhood, from Plaka to Monastiraki to Psiri, has a vibe of its own.